“South Park”: TV Review Podcast

Posted: September 2nd, 2022 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, Streaming, TV | 1 Comment »

Oh I am going to catch oh so very much grief for this.

Why on earth would I be heralding the iconic TV series “South Park” a quarter century after its inception, as if it were this new wonder?

Because — mea culpa maxima — I never really knew.

Because of a recent change in my workout routine and venue, I’ve started watching episodes while on the elliptical in the mornings. Some of which have had me laughing so hard I almost fell off. Literally. Others at the JCC Fitness Center walking by look at me, like what’s with this guy, shvitzing like a pig on a spit, laughing uproariously.

Honest. I just never paid attention. My extreme bad.

It is profane, politically incorrect, full with the vilest humor and . . .. brilliant.

Who knew?

Well, duh, most of you I suppose.

Anyway, for a recital of the episodes that have sucked me in, listen to my podcast below:

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“The Great Gatsby” (1974): Film Review Podcast

Posted: July 14th, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast, Streaming | No Comments »

I’ve always revered F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel of the 20th C, “The Great Gatsby.”

Such that it’s always sitting out, so I can pick it up from time, read a few pages, and relish the author’s masterful prose.

This week, for the first time since college, I read in its entirety, cover to cover. The definitive version from the author’s intended final manuscript.

After which, I felt compelled to go back and rewatch the 1974 cinematic ideation featuring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Sam Waterston.

I am disinclined to compare a movie to its source material, but felt compelled to do so in this instance.

Listen below to understand why:

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“The Old Man”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: June 22nd, 2022 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast, Streaming, TV | No Comments »

It seems that thirty years ago, CIA agent Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges) went rogue on an operation in Afghanistan.

His superior Harold Harper (John Lithgow), now with the FBI, got drawn into the situation.

It did not go well, or so we learn. But has been swept under the carpet.

Now it’s back, and Chase is being hunted down for termination with extreme prejudice. Why we do not exactly know, at least after two episodes.

Harper is again in the middle of things.

So goes this intriguing new mini-series, “The Old Man,” available on FX and Hulu.

For more reasons why you might choose to watch, listen to my podcast below.

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“Clickbait”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: January 21st, 2022 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, Streaming, TV | No Comments »

CLICKBAIT (L to R) ZOE KAZAN as PIA BREWER and BETTY GABRIEL as SOPHIE BREWER in episode 108 of CLICKBAIT Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

There I went. Getting sucked in again to a streaming series on Netflix.

It’s past bedtime. I know, but, OK, one more.

It’s way way way past bedtime. Really, Chuck, just one more then I’ll hit the hay.

“Clickbait” is an eight part series on Netflix. Which I powerwatched in less than 48 hours.

Not that it’s the greatest thing since “The Wire.” But, because I have the time. And it’s more than reasonably compelling and well done, somewhat uniquely.

A well liked physical therapist for a volleyball team doesn’t show up for work.

Then a video of him being held captive lands on the interweb. He’s holding a sign that says, “At 5 Million Views I Die.”

A frantic search for the fellow, and his captors ensues.

Of course, the video goes viral, soon surpassing that number.

Eight episodes, more than a few McGuffins later, and we find out what happened to him, if anything — This is a no spoiler zone — and who is responsible.

My podcast/ review actually contains significantly more information. You can listen below:

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“Hemingway”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: April 8th, 2021 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, Streaming, TV | No Comments »

15th July 1944: American writer and war correspondent Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961). Original Publication: Picture Post – 1748 – Hemingway Looks At The War In Europe – pub. 1944 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Such was the stature of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway in the 20th C, that the publication of his novels became must read events.

At least, among the literati.

Such is the stature of Ken Burns & Company, that the airing of a new documentary series on PBS is a must watch event.

And, now they’ve merged.

Now streaming at pbs.org, after airing Monday through Wednesday on PBS, is “Hemingway.”

The six hour, three part series, produced and directed by Lynn Novick and Burns, written by Geoffrey C. Wad, and and narrated as usual by Peter Coyote, delves into the interesting life and ways of Papa Hemingway.

Whatever you might think of Hemingway personally, or his writing, the tale is fascinating, well worth the watch.

For more insight, details and observations, including a few complaints, listen to my podcast below.

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“The Trial of the Chicago 7”: Film Review Podcast

Posted: November 5th, 2020 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast, Streaming | No Comments »

Ever verbose, ever fascinating, ever political director/writer Aaron Sorkin is back it.

This time with a look back at “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

It’s available for streaming on Netflix.

Though not a part of the Chicago protests during the ’68 Democratic convention, and the attendant turmoil, I was involved with Vietnam War protests — Smile at the FBI agents standing on the side, taking our photos — and the Civil Rights Movement. And all the other youth precipitated changes going on at the time.

It was an invigorating moment to be alive and of the age to be in the middle of it.

When he took office, Richard Nixon wanted to punish “the provocateurs” of the protests and violent skirmishes with Mayor Daley’s Chicago police.

The ensuing trial in Judge Julius Hoffman’s federal court turned into a circus.

I don’t know how great a flick Sorkin’s is, but, as someone who was of the time, I loved it.

The trial scenes are accurate, taken directly from the transcripts.

For more insight on the film and the time, listen to my podcast below.

 

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